12 results for author: Christopher Kline

Analyzing Malachi Richardson’s long-term outlook in Sacramento

Malachi Richardson entered the 2016 draft after a laudable NCAA Tournament run in which he led a 10th-seeded Syracuse team all the way to the Final Four. He was one of the more unexpected breakout freshmen that season, and rode his hot hand all the way to the 22nd pick. Now kicking off just his second season in Sacramento, ... More

Who should start for the Sacramento Kings?

It’s finally back. NBA basketball is here, and the 2017–18 season projects as one of the most intriguing in quite some time. From the exodus of star talent in the East to a number of new-look teams in the West, there’s no shortage of uncertainty — even with Golden State and Cleveland being projected as the overwhe... More

Harry Giles: ‘I’m starting to feel better every day’

Last June, Harry Giles was coming off a season in which he averaged just 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for a Duke team that underachieved for most of the campaign. Not long after being regarded as the top prospect in his class, Giles was relegated to 11.5 minutes per contest. He was still the No. 18 prospect on my ... More

Why Skal Labissiere should be the Kings’ starting power forward

The DeMarcus Cousins era is long gone in Sacramento. After trudging through years of controversy-filled mediocrity with DeMarcus Cousins at the helm, the Kings’ decision to offload the multi-time All-Star was the culture shock that they so desperately needed — as well as what set in motion the development of one ... More

Bogdan Bogdanovic might be the Kings’ best rookie

Sacramento had a good offseason. Not only did they cover the loss of Scott Perry in the front office with another strong hire in Brandon Williams, but the talent Vlade Divac has sought out has all had a purpose. When the Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins at the deadline last season, Divac said that it was an effort to ... More

Kings reportedly sign Jack Cooley to a two-way contract

The Kings continued their roster building Friday, utilizing one of their two-way contracts on 26-year-old Jack Cooley. The 6-foot-9 big man last played with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg overseas before appearing in 26 G-League games since. Now, with the two-way contract in fold, the Kings will be able to switch Cooley between the ... More

Justin Jackson is looking to be the Kings’ two-way spark plug

When the Kings nabbed Justin Jackson with No. 15 in June, a handful of conflicting thoughts went through my head. I wasn’t sold on Jackson going that high. While his improvements at North Carolina were evident, he still had some obvious flaws and a lower ceiling than you’d like out of a top 15 pick — especially with ... More

De’Aaron Fox is leading the Kings’ cultural revolution

“I thought it was time to start over.” That line from Vlade Divac’s interview with the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin provides a nice summation of his reasoning behind the DeMarcus Cousins trade. After years of undergoing the scrutiny that came with Cousins’ presence in the organization, Divac decided to cut ... More

Analysis: Polish versus Upside with Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson

The Sacramento Kings find themselves in an interesting spot this Thursday. With the 76ers trading for the first pick, their ability to trade up seems far slimmer, while the uncertainty behind who they’ll be able to select at five has only grown. The Boston Celtics will likely be deciding between either Jayson Tatum or Josh ... More

Ranking the Top 60 Prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft

Ranking prospects in a vacuum is always tough. While you'll seldom get the exact numerical value correct, the separation of tiers is what one strives most to portray through each player's rank. This class proves exceptionally difficult in that regard, with the end of the first and beginning of the second round brimming with ... More